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Director: Fiona Blackburn
The British Columbia Girls Choir (BCGC) is based in Metro Vancouver and offers a progressive system of choral training for singers ages six to young adult. Each year, over 150 girls and women participate in concerts, recordings, festivals, camps and community outreach events .
Highlights of previous years have been: representing British Columbia at the National Music Festival; three 2010 Winter Olympic appearances; and making guest appearances with such artists as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Sea to Sky Symphony, opera superstar Ben Heppner, and the world famous singing group The Nylons.
In the past decade, BCGC has commissioned a number of pieces by Canadian composers such as Rodney Sharman, Iman Habibi and Larry Nickel. 2014, the choir’s 10th anniversary year, was celebrated with a world première performance of Malala – Pakistani Girl.
An important mandate of BCGC is to perform the music of Canadian composers beyond our borders. The choir has been fortunate to tour Australia, China, Germany, Scotland, England, America and Costa Rica. In July 2015 the tour choir journeyed through Holland, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Over the 17-day tour, the girls gave performances in cathedrals, concert halls, a Roman amphitheatre, a cave, a castle, in the gardens where The Sound of Music was filmed, and even a live-to-air appearance on Croatian national television. The summer of 2018 will bring the next international tour – whenever and wherever the girls travel, they love to represent their province and share their music.
This April, BCGC is excited and honoured to have been invited to perform at the CMR Festival. Two choir levels are participating: the 40-voice concert choir and the subset chamber choir – Allegria. The girls hope to learn from, and make friendships with, new ‘choir friends’ from all over Canada.
PERFORMING: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7 PM | Rolston Hall